Doing Life Together

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The relationship between Cornhusker Bank and Burgher Family Dental seems to have been a natural.  Both businesses feel a strong commitment to help their customers realize a better life.   Cornhusker Bank’s commitment to customers is a foundation for the bank, being upheld in every aspect, with the logo’s constant reminder that “Cornhusker Bank is committed to your success”.  At Burgher Family Dentistry, they are committed to “keeping up-to-date with the most current technologies and techniques to provide the most thorough and optimal treatment and oral health.”  Patients’ comfort is their number one priority as they pride themselves on being able to design individual treatment plans to suit every patient, mirroring Cornhusker Bank’s efforts to tailor plans to individuals and businesses through the creation of financial roadmaps to help customers meet their goals in life.

burgher_blog1Luke Burgher, DDS and Molly Burgher, Office Manager of Burgher Family Dentistry, located at 7120 Stephanie Lane, Suite 100 in Lincoln, Nebraska lead Burgher Family Dentistry.  Their team offers a complete range of dental health services, including traditional dentistry and cosmetic services and utilizes state of the art ceramic reconstruction and CAD/CAM technology for crowns.  

Cornhusker Bank recently did a short Q&A with Burghers which follows:

Q:  What brought you to banking with Cornhusker Bank and why do you continue to bank with us?

A:  We decided to move to Cornhusker Bank for several reasons.  Originally, we were able to get a great home loan working with Mike Barrett for the house we built.  Then we built a new dental office and secured the financing for the building through Cornhusker Bank with David Shiffermiller.  Both of these individuals were wonderful to work with.  As time went on, we realized how many people we were already connected with who worked at Cornhusker Bank from our kids’ school, to church, to neighbors and others we met along the way.  It is wonderful to walk in the bank and see the smiling face of an employee, and quite possibly one we already know.  We stay at Cornhusker Bank because everyone is so easy to work with and they go above and beyond to help us achieve our goals. 

Q: What types of products/services do you use at Cornhusker Bank?

A: To simplify our finances, we have moved all our home and business accounts over to Cornhusker Bank.  This makes everything easy to manage.  We also enjoy being able to send one email or make one phone call and have all our questions answered.

Q:  How did you begin working with your Cornhusker Bank Relationship Manager, Matt Biggs and how do you feel about his service?

A:  We originally started working with Matt Biggs at the advice of our accountant, Jim Watts.  He told us Matt would be able to help us consolidate loans and lower the interest payment, and he was right.  Matt was great and very easy to work with.  He came out to our office to meet with us and he was able to answer all of our questions and get the loan set up quickly.  Because of this, we are in a better place financially than we would have been without his help.

Q:  How would you describe the customer service you have experienced from Cornhusker Bank?

A: Over the past 10 years of doing business with Cornhusker Bank, we have experienced wonderful customer service.  We know they will always go above and beyond to help us.  We also enjoy coming into the bank and while we are there, different bankers stop in to greet us and ask about our kids and how school is going.  We discuss topics from football to kids moving into college and everything in between.  It’s a small community that we appreciate being part of.

Q:  What is most important to you in choosing a financial partner?

A:  Finding the right financial partner has been really important to us.  We were able to find bankers in every area that understood where we were at, the nature of our business, and our goals at Cornhusker Bank.  They have worked with us every step of the way to achieve those goals and for that we are grateful.   

Cornhusker Bank and Burgher Family Dentistry share values which have allowed them to find common ground upon which to build a trusting, valued relationship.  One of Cornhusker Bank’s values is “Do Life Together”.  That value in particular seems to be of major importance to Burgher Family Dentistry.

The Importance of Being Local

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Akira Coffee Founder & CEO, David Sievers, was recently in the Cornhusker Bank Center closing on a business line of credit and talked to bank staff about his company.  One of the things he noted when discussing how and why he chose to do business with Cornhusker Bank was the fact the bank is a locally owned, community bank.  

Cornhusker Bank has a 116 year history as a community bank and offering customers our expertise in understanding and navigating the economic conditions here in Nebraska.  

Some of the basic benefits of doing business locally to all residents of a community include:

  • Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses, keeping more money in the local economy, with $68 of every $100 dollars spent locally staying local.
  • Local businesses help employ individuals from our community.
  • Local businesses return more money to their community in donation and social causes.
  • Local businesses get to know their customers and vice-versa, forming long relationships.

Akira_Coffee_Co_2Mr. Sievers noted he and his staff are based locally, giving him the opportunity to “work in an area I care about and try to do a little more good in the world”.  Akira Coffee Co sources products and uses local vendors whenever possible.  Akira Coffee Co doesn’t sell coffee under its own brand.  Instead, they partner with social media influencers to build their very own coffee brands.  Akira Coffee has a commitment to high quality ingredients for its coffees and teas.  One way they do this is by sourcing only specialty grade coffees from responsible, ethical, and sustainable sources.  For more information about Akira Coffee Co go to http://www.akiracoffeeco.com

Following is a Q &A Cornhusker Bank conducted with David Sievers regarding his experience working with Cornhusker Bank to obtain a loan:

Q:  What led you to choosing Cornhusker Bank for your business banking needs?

A:  It’s important to me to bank locally within the community.  Cornhusker Bank was recommended by my father, who specifically noted the Bank’s Chairman, John F. Dittman.  

Q:  What are your plans for the proceeds from this loan?

A: With this line of credit, we will be acquiring inventory in preparation for the launch of our newest coffee brand with one of the biggest social media influencers in the world.  We needed capital to invest in product to have on hand because once we make our big announcement we have to be ready to serve our new customers.  

Q:  Why choose a commercial loan to accomplish this?

A: As I looked at my company’s capital structure, a line of credit was the perfect way to fund acquiring inventory that I know will sell within a few months.  It’s much cheaper than using credit cards.  Also since the inventory has a known rate of return, any capital I have that is meant to be invested in growth can stay available to me rather than being tied up in product sitting on the shelf.

Q:  What type of experience did you have acquiring a loan?

A: It was a very pleasant experience.  I outlined what I was looking to do and what my questions were. I got very straightforward answers to all my questions.  The Bank’s staff is very easy to communicate with.  

Cornhusker Bank remains the area’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating Nebraska values, stability, soundness, and investing in the success of customers, associates, and community.

Common Values Help Develop Business Relationships

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A relationship is defined as “the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other”. Knowing people on a personal level helps deepen the relationship and understanding of what a person or business really needs.  One of the ways Cornhusker Bank deepens relationships is by taking time to develop financial roadmaps. Understanding a company’s roadmap, allows us to know what a business’s goals and expectations truly are.  We believe in “doing life together” with those in our community.  Cornhusker Bank’s relationship with Complete Hearing is typified by the same kind of values embraced by co-owners, Dr. Meghanne Wetta and Dr. Sandra Miller.

Complete Hearing, located at 4200 Pioneer Woods Drive, Lincoln, NE, states on the home page of their website that “The quality and success of our relationships are determined by our ability to communicate with the people in our lives.” It is easy to understand how important relationships are to the audiologists at Complete Hearing by previewing their website.  The relationships they have with their patients involves serving them well by providing them the information and compassion to help them live strong lives through better hearing.  Matthew Biggs, Cornhusker Bank Relationship Manager has worked with Complete Hearing for eight years and has developed a relationship that has helped provide their business with solutions for lifelong success.

Cornhusker Bank asked Dr. Wetta and Dr. Miller some questions about their relationship with Cornhusker Bank in efforts to better understand what matters to them. That Q & A follows:

Q What brought you to banking with Cornhusker Bank and why do you continue to bank with us?  What aspect of your banking relationship with cornhusker Bank do you like?

A:  Dr. Wetta noted her family had personally been banking with Cornhusker Bank because there were no charges for ATM withdrawals and that played a factor when she and Dr. Miller were looking for a bank for their practice.  Dr. Wetta noted she continues to do business with Cornhusker Bank because of the personalized care she always receives and the timeliness of responses to any of her questions.  Both added it is Cornhusker Bank’s support and communication that they like.  “We can’t think of a time that our questions have not been answered!”

Q. What types of products/services do you use at Cornhusker Bank?

A. As our practice has grown, we have incorporated not just traditional checking accounts, but also ACH/ Bill Pay/ Business Deposits/ Online/ App usage.  We also have had support through traditional loans. We enjoy partnering with Cornhusker Bank each spring for One Day Without Shoes benefitting the People City Mission. Being a drop off location for gently used and new shoes + participating in the walk is something we look forward to annually.

Q. What experiences have you had with your Customer Relationship Manager, Matt Biggs, and what do you think about your relationship with him? CH_8_72

A. “Our relationship is built on trust! He listens to us. When we ask multiple questions, he is willing to answer them, thoughtfully and thoroughly. He is authentic. When we ask him to take off his banker hat and give us his personal thoughts, they align with his professional advice. We value his expertise. As Adjunct Professors at UNL, we continue to ask Matt to be a guest speaker to our 3rd year doctoral students to share his banking knowledge.”

Q.  How would you describe the customer service you have experienced from Cornhusker Bank?

A. “Amazing, Fantastic. On point. Thorough. Immediate. Helpful. Complete. They get it done!”

Q.  What is most important to you in choosing a financial partner?

A. “No doubt, it’s trust, which is built with time, communication and consistency. We took a chance in the very beginning trying a new bank. We are so thankful we took initiative to leave a bank that was not returning calls or emails and found a place that takes great care of us.”

Q. Any specific experiences or other comments you would like to add?

A. “After reflecting on these questions, something has come to obvious light. Our values and mission at Complete Hearing include: Selfless service described as active listening, affirming, time, thorough and physically present. Selfless Staff described as dependable, willing, initiative, and open. Selfless Space described as intentional care, accessible, sincere, humor and collaboration. These three values not only sum how we approach Complete Hearing and our service to our employees, staff and community, but (we) would argue these could also be used to describe Cornhusker Bank as well! Our experience continues to be positive and we are thankful we work together!”

Cornhusker Bank is pleased to share our common values of “building positive relationships” and “doing life together” with Complete Hearing!

Thanks for Supporting One Day Without Shoes

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Cornhusker Bank thanks the community for its support and involvement during its 9th annual One Day Without shoes event, which benefits the People’s City Mission.  Although much of Nebraska spent the spring of 2019 being “Nebraska Strong” and donating for victims of the spring flooding, they still came out showing strong support for their own community by donating to One Day Without Shoes. 

Approximately 31,000 pairs of shoes were donated this year, along with nearly $11,000 in cash donations to the Mission.  Walkers from participating businesses and individual community members, along with many bank associates made the walk from the Cornhusker Bank Center location at 84th and O Street to the People’s City Mission Help Center at 68th and P Street on April 9th to help raise awareness of the Mission’s need for shoes.  

Cornhusker Bank staff is proud to be doing life together with our community and thanks all who helped make a positive difference in our community by walking, donating shoes, donating funds, sorting shoes, or being a collection site.  You are a driving force behind Cornhusker Bank’s continued desire  and efforts to be “Committed to Your Success”.   

Cornhusker Bank Involves Community To Collect Shoes To Benefit People’s City Mission

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This year marks the 9th annual Cornhusker Bank One Day Without Shoes event for the benefit of the People’s City Mission.  In the history of the event Cornhusker Bank and organizations throughout the community that have partnered in the collection efforts have gathered over 132,000 pairs of shoes and cash donations for the mission to buy new footwear of over $68,000.

Over 130 locations throughout the community are partnering with the bank for this year’s shoe campaign and will be serving as collection sites for new, used, adult, and children’s shoes from April 1 through April 12, 2019.  According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “The One Day Without shoes event has been phenomenally successful in giving bank associates and the community at large the opportunity to have a shared purpose which helps enhance our community and helps improve well-being of lives of individuals within it.” 

New or used shoes of all sizes will be collected at participating businesses throughout the community, including all Cornhusker Bank locations from April 1, 2019 through April 12, 2019.   On Saturday, April 6th, Cornhusker Bank will also have a FREE shred day at the 8310 O Street location only.  This provides the community a terrific opportunity to dispose of their unwanted paper documents in a safe manner while they can also drop off any shoes they would like to donate.

Cornhusker Bank invites the community to join bank associates and representatives of businesses which are collecting shoes, as we host a press conference on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. with the People’s City Mission at Cornhusker Bank Center, 8310 O Street in Lincoln.  The press conference will include information about the impact of the event on the Mission and the community.  Everyone is also invited to join the walk immediately following the press conference from the Bank to the Mission’s Help Center at 68th and P Street, to help raise awareness of the need for adequate footwear in our community.  A free lunch will also be served at the Cornhusker Bank Center from 11:00 am to 1 pm on April 9th.  

Nebraska’s Strong Communities

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Cornhusker Bank and subsidiary, Lincoln First Realty, joined forces for our associates to donate goods for Fremont area flood victims which will be delivered later this week and distributed by Fremont area churches.  Cornhusker Bank found great information for flood recovery resources in this link to Governor Ricketts website: https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/nebraska%E2%80%99s-strong-communities.  Cornhusker Bank will continue to seek ways to help keep our Nebraska communities strong!

Christian Heritage and Cornhusker Bank Mirror Commitment to Betterment of Community

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In Cornhusker Bank’s quest to form deeper more valuable relationships with our customers, the unique opportunity to help a customer and a cause that affects our community has arisen.  Christian Heritage is a Cornhusker Bank customer founded in 1980 to care for at risk children and families in the state of Nebraska.  Their purpose of “offering hope” to children and families is driven by a deep-rooted calling and belief that children from hard places are worth investing in.  Christian Heritage is currently accomplishing their purpose through Foster Care, Destination…Dad®, and Safe Families for Children programs.  They have positively impacted thousands of children and families over the past 38 years, but know there is still much work to do.

According to Brad Brown, CEO of Christian Heritage, “In 2015, Christian Heritage decided to move our banking needs to Cornhusker Bank.  Barry Lockard, President and CEO, took the time to meet with our executive leadership team and work us through their mission, vision, beliefs and core values.  The personal connection, along with their mission to serve by providing solutions for lifelong success really resonated with us.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have a team of professionals who live out their core values.  We highly recommend Cornhusker Bank to individuals and companies in search of a home bank to meet their needs.”

Cornhusker Bank is committed to the success of our customers and to the local community we love.  We are therefore pleased to share information about an upcoming fundraising opportunity the nonprofit agency, Christian Heritage, has coming up soon.  Their fundraising efforts will allow them to further their purpose of offering hope to children and families.

Christian Heritage has partnered with Over the Edge to increase awareness and raise needed funds to sustain invaluable services to children and families.  Anyone who signs up as an “Edger” and personally raises $1,000 on behalf of Christian Heritage will earn the right to rappel from the roof of the Cornhusker Marriott on Saturday, August 11th.  If you are interested in going over the edge, here is how it works:

  1. Follow the orange “sign up” link at www.otecwe.com/lincoln.  Christian Heritage requires $85 to register and start your fundraising.
  2. After sign up, you’ll have a customized page you can post on your social media accounts in search of friends and family who will help you reach your $1,000 goal.
  3. You’ll have an option to secure your rappelling position by using your credit card as a guarantee.  Please note if you use this option, if you have not reached your $1,000 goal by August 11th, your card will automatically be charged the remainder of any unraised funding to reach your $1,000 minimum.
  4. Again, $1,000 is the minimum to secure your position to rappel.  If you’re able to raise even more, it makes you a bigger hero to the children and families in need!
  5. If you would simply like to donate to this fundraiser without becoming an “Edger”, you can do so at www.otecwe.com/lincoln/brad.brown.

Brad Brown would also love to hear from you if you or your organization are interested in a sponsorship. Or if you would simply like to learn more about Christian Heritage.  Brad can be reached at 402-421-5425 or at bradb@chne.org.

Cornhusker Bank has staff members who have “gone over the edge” to raise funds for a local non-profit in the past and highly recommend the experience and encourage you to embrace the opportunity to rappel, while helping children and families at the same time.

To learn more about Christian Heritage, please visit www.chne.org.

Why One Day Without Shoes?

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Cornhusker Bank’s One Day Without Shoes event for the benefit of the People’s City Mission has been a yearly event for the past eight years. The Bank invites businesses and organizations throughout Lincoln to participate by being collection sites for shoes, and/or walking with bank staff to help raise awareness of the need for footwear in our community. Records were broken this year, 2018, with over 36,613 pairs of shoes collected city-wide, over $8,800.00 in monetary funds donated and over 200 walkers.

Why does Cornhusker Bank believe in the One Day without Shoes event? The event is such a galvanizing event for local businesses, bank associates and for the clientele of the People’s City Mission. It takes only observing one adult getting what they describe as the “best pair of shoes in their whole life” or one little girl thrilled with that perfect pair of pink shoes that compels the bank to continue organizing the event. The event and cause provides a valuable service to our community. Cornhusker Bank loves Lincoln and wants to help make it the best it can be. It gives us a chance to open up that cause for participation by mutually like-minded businesses, schools, and other organizations and it allows our staff to interact with the public stopping by to donate shoes and display and experience the Cornhusker Bank culture of “Doing Life Together.”

Cornhusker Bank asks you to start considering participation to be a shoe collection site or to plan to join in the walk from the Cornhusker Bank Center to the People’s City Mission in April of 2019. Watch the bank website, www.CornhuskerBank.com, for details on the One Day Without Shoes Event, as well as other events like Cornhusker Bank’s annual Youth Fair.

Help provide shoes for those who need them by participating in One Day Without Shoes.

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What is One Day Without Shoes?

April 10, 2018 will be the 8th Annual One Day Without Shoes event held by Cornhusker Bank. Cornhusker Bank was inspired to start promoting this event by TOMS Shoes which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need in a third-world country for every pair of Tom’s Shoes which are sold. Cornhusker Bank recognized the needs in our community for those with inadequate footwear and partnered with People’s City Mission to help satisfy those needs.

View our One Day Without Shoes video.

How can you be involved?

  • By contacting Cornhusker Bank to arrange placement of a People’s City Mission donation barrel or box for new and used shoes in your place of business April 2nd through the 13th, 2018.
  • By making a monetary donation to the People’s City Mission for the One Day Without Shoes event.
  • By dropping off donations of new or used footwear at any Cornhusker Bank or partner location April 2nd through the 13th, 2018.
  • By joining us for a walk from the Cornhusker Bank Center at 84th & O to the People’s City Mission Help Center at 68th & P on April 10th, 2018 at 11 a.m. to help raise awareness of the need for shoes.
  • By going shoeless on April 10th to help raise awareness of this event and the importance of adequate footwear.

One Day Without Shoes Events have been a Huge Success

In 2011 Cornhusker Bank and People’s City Mission partnered to help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a person’s life by hosting a One Day Without Shoes event annually. The public has been encouraged to bring their new or used shoes, or cash donations to help put shoes on the feet of Lincoln’s less fortunate. In the first seven years of hosting this event, Cornhusker Bank’s six locations and numerous business partners have collected over 95,500 pairs of shoes and monetary donations totaling over $58,500!

Pastor Tom Barber, Executive Director of the People’s City Mission reported, “With this amazing amount of shoes and money we collected we will be able to help thousands of people. Thank you Cornhusker Bank for creating this event and thank you, all of Lincoln for all your kindness.”

For more information, please call 402-434-3788.

Blue Ribbon Support of Law Enforcement Personnel Promoted by Cornhusker Bank

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Inspired by the story of Vicki Lamb wanting to show her support for law enforcement personnel by tying blue ribbons to tree trunks which was reported in the Lincoln Journal Star on July 20th, Cornhusker Bank is following her lead. All Cornhusker Bank locations will be placing blue ribbons on trees around the branches. We will also be offering to anyone in the community who wishes to place a ribbon around their trees with a ribbon if they stop by a branch and ask for it beginning Monday, July 25th.

Cornhusker Bank and its associates value the work our police officers do. John Dittman, Chairman noted, “We greatly appreciate Ms. Lamb’s idea of showing support for the law enforcement personnel in our community. We hope people will stop by any Cornhusker Bank location for free blue ribbons to show their support.”

Cornhusker Bank remains Lincoln’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating hometown heart, stability, soundness and continued commitment to the success of its valued customers and associates.

Read Vicki Lamb Article